I had kinda a shit day. Oh well. That happens.
My day became way better when I opened up my Paddle Palace package and found this. I love Japanese packaging. “Handy Type” cracks me up. And here’s a verbatim of the directions on the side:
Easy ,quick ,safe and handy !
First Water Based Solid Type Table Tenn
is Glue on the earth!
Apply layer of JU
IC AQUA STICK on the sponge and bla
de. Wait a few minutes and paste the rub
ber on the blade (The remained water-b
ased glue can be removed by wipin
g the surface with wet clothings.)
Oh, translations. I love thee. I hope my new ping-pong adventure brings me more of this.
Again, by my boys at Hustlewood.
UPDATE: Wanted to add this in. The brief I gave them was:
Overall, I want to strike a balance between East and West, between Samurai Swords (Kill Bill) and Guns (Dirty Harry/3:10 to Yuma). It’s about handmade, custom table tennis blades (paddle without rubber), where all others in the world are made by machines. Most of the designs that I’ve dreamed up/made are illegal for use in international competition, and I want to highlight that in a way… somewhat renegade in nature. I want the site to feel gritty, hand-crafted and slightly dangerous.
So I decided to give my paddles a name.
Wood and Rubber.
Pretty simple. Set up a little site over at woodandrubber.com, and I’m gonna make a maximum of 5 per month. Can’t see that I would have that many ‘orders’, but I don’t think I could handle any more than 5. If you would like to order one, email me at clay [at] woodandrubber.com and we’ll discuss the specifics. Like cost and all that.
Mike, Noah, El Gaffney, Noah (2) and Davis are all getting free ones.